UN Human Rights Commissioner flags war crimes in Israel’s war on Gaza

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk. (Photo: Twitter/X)
GENEVA – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Turk, stated that there are signs of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the Gaza war, reported Aussiedlerbote, a Russian-language German newspaper.اضافة اعلان

Turk told the German Press Agency in Geneva, "I have serious concerns about [Israel’s] compliance with both human rights and international humanitarian law."

In the heavy Israeli bombings, 70 percent of those affected were women and children. "It can be assumed that the majority of those who have been hit are civilians," Turk added “Collectively punishing the Palestinians is a war crime. Of course, courts must ultimately judge who has committed which crimes."

According to the Palestinian health authorities, almost 22,000 people have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the war began almost three months ago.

According to Turk, there are indications that crimes against humanity may have been committed, "Given the disproportionate and very heavy bombardments, combined with the lack of effective humanitarian assistance, there are serious concerns that need to be further investigated."

Turk said his office’s documents of Israeli human rights violations may become relevant in future trials.

Turk called on Germany and other states to demand Israel’s compliance with international humanitarian law and to defend the United Nations against massive criticism.

He is in talks with all those who influence the warring parties, including the USA, European states, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, and Iran.

The UN Human Rights Office, which Turk heads, is calling for the release of the hostages taken by Hamas, as well as an end to the occupation’s attacks and sufficient access to humanitarian aid.

Israel is only allowing a very limited number of trucks into the area, and humanitarian organizations say that systematic distribution is not possible due to the constant bombing.

Israel has suspended contact with the human rights office.

Israel had put contact with his office on hold in 2020. This goes back to a list of companies involved in the construction of illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, which was requested by the UN Human Rights Council and published at the time.

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